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Employment claims – business clients

Our pricing for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

These figures are for a case going to a full hearing.

If the case settles before a full hearing our fees are likely to be lower than the range indicated depending on the stage reached when settlement is reached.

Simple case: £15,000 to £20,000 plus VAT and disbursements* – estimated 30 – 40 hours work.

Medium complexity case: £20,000 to £40,000 plus VAT and disbursements* – estimated 40 – 80 hours of work.

High complexity case: £40,000 to £80,000 plus VAT and disbursements* – estimated 80 –160 hours of work.

Please note all fees indicated above assume the claim will be heard in a London venue. Outside of London, travelling time and expenses will be greater than those assumed in the above figures  and we shall discuss with you at time of instruction.

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • if it is necessary to defend applications or amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim;
  • defending claims that are brought by litigants in person;
  • making or defending a costs application;
  • complex preliminary issues such as whether the client is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties);
  • the number of witnesses and documents;
  • if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, e.g. if you dismiss a pregnant woman  a “whistleblower” or .
  • allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

There will generally be an additional charge for our attending a Tribunal hearing of £ 4,000 to £5,000 a day plus VAT. The figure will depend on whether we act as your advocate or you want us to instruct   a specialist barrister on your behalf. Some attendance may still be required by us.

Generally a simple case will take 1-2 days, a medium complexity case about 3 days and a complex case 4 or more days.

*Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as a specialist Barrister or the Court. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The fees indicated about do not include disbursements.

Barrister`s fees will vary from about £4,000.00 to £5,000.00 per day plus VAT (depending on the seniority of the Advocate) for representing you at a Tribunal Hearing.

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the key stages of a claim:

  • taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change);
  • entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • preparing response or counterclaim ;
  • reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party;
  • exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
  • preparing for and considering an employee’s schedule of loss and where appropriate preparing a Counter Schedule ;
  • preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing;
  • exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
  • taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
  • preparing bundle of documents;
  • reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list;
  • preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, our fees may be less than the total or in some cases they may be more.

How long will my application take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 8 – 12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 52 weeks. This is just an estimate and subject to the Tribunal’s availability and the availability of the other side.  We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.